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 G7 FMs call on Ukraine to continue reforms, promise support in their implementation

G7 foreign ministers commended the results of institutional and administrative reforms implemented in Ukraine, noting however that much work was still to be done.

Censor.NET reports citing the Joint Communiqué by the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union they made following the meeting that was held in Lucca, Italy on April 10-11, 2017.

"We maintain our commitment to assisting Ukraine in implementing its ambitious and yet necessary reform agenda. We commend Kyiv for the results so far attained in implementing institutional and administrative reforms but much remains to be done," the statement reads.

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"We encourage the Ukrainian Government to target the most critical areas, in particular public administration and political reform, justice reform, decentralization, the fight against corruption and the promotion of civil freedom, particularly the freedom of expression. Efforts to tackle corruption should not be used against civil society, which is vital to Ukraine's reform path," the ministers stressed.

"We remain committed to providing support and assistance to accomplish the required reforms in the fiscal, judicial financial, energy, health, welfare and custom sectors as well as in corporate governance of State-owned enterprises," the diplomats said.

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